And here we are at the Great Ocean Road! Zen decided that we should opt for the hassle-free solution and booked the one-day tour via Go West. Hooray to no pricey car hiring, no tiring drive and plenty of rejuvenating sleep during the boring and repetitive sections of the road.
The Great Ocean Road is divided by three sections. There's the long and windy roads which wrap around the coast, the lush rainforest, and then the massive pastoral scenes.
West Gate Bridge... the second longest bridge in Australia. The first is actually the ANZAC bridge!
First stop was the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre...
Next was Bell's Beach -surfing capital of Victoria...
Me & Zen @ Bell's Beach
Stormy clouds over the Great Ocean Road (view from Bell's Beach)
This is probably one of the most photographed arches. We joined in with all the other tourists :-P
Zen and I at the entrance of the Great Ocean Road!
My sexy man at Apollo Beach :-)
Maits Rest Rainforest
Maits Rest Rainforest Walk
Koalas @ Koala Cove / next to the Great Ocean Road
We then hopped on a helicopter with Great Ocean Road Helicopters (how original is the name!) to see the majestic 12 Apostles, Loch and Gorge, London Bridge, The Towering Limestone Cliffs & more!
The 12 Apostles... taken from the ground... and gosh, I was feeling so nauseous after the helicopter ride...
Lace Curtains = the wavy coloured patterns on the cliffs. This is produced when groundwater sweeps along the cracks in the limestone... where the rate of water flow is higher, the curtains' are better developed and billow our further from the cliff.
And last but not least, London Arch. Formerly known as London Bridge... until 1990, when it collapsed and left two tourists stranded. One of them apparentally got busted for cheating on his wife (he was stranded with his other partner), and for taking a sickie @ work. LOL!!
Later in the night, at around 8.30pm, we stopped by a town named Colac for a quick dinner. Half of us rushed into Noodle Canteen which like it's name hints... is a noodle bar. Take note: the flyer stated that 'all dishes are low in fat'... but when Zen finished his meal, there must have been at least 5 tablespoons of oil left clogging around... ekk!
Teriyaki Chicken with Udon Noodles
Char Kuai Teow: Thick rice noodles with BBQ Pork, Egg, Shrimp, Vegies and Spicy Dark Soy.
Go West Tours
Phone: 1300 736 551 or +61 3 8508 9008 (from outside Australia)
Colac Noodle Bar
243 Murray Street Colac VIC 3250
Phone: (03) 5231 2807
Operating hours: 7 days, 11am - 9pm